Airport workers reveal 14 hacks that will make your next flight easier
The inconveniences of air travel can range for disastrous to mildly irritating, whether it’s a canceled flight or a seemingly endless security line. Thankfully, the good people on Reddit banded together and enlisted airport workers, from rampers to flight attendants, to reveal travel hacks straight from the source.
Here are 14 of their best tips to help you navigate your next trip with ease:
Avoid paying for a luggage cart by using one that was left in the pickup area outside of the terminal by someone who didn’t return theirs. Bonus: Return it for money.
Take batteries out of electric toothbrushes and other appliances before packing them. Vibrating suitcases have grounded many flights because of security concerns.
If you lose something, check all of the lost-and-founds. The Transportation Security Administration, the airport police, and each airline have their own.
Anything that’s been sitting in lost and found for more than 90 days is usually up for grabs. So, if you need something desperately, like a phone charger, just be honest and ask. Chances are that one has been unclaimed for 90 days, so they’ll just give it to you.
Instead of putting small items like jewelry through the X-ray machine in a separate bin, put them in the pocket of a jacket or bag. That will clear more space on the conveyor belt and move the security line along faster.
To avoid paying upward of $3 for a drink, bring an empty water bottle and fill it when you get past security. This reduces waste from plastic bottles.
Or, freeze your water or Gatorade. Apparently, as long as liquids are frozen solid, they’re OK with the TSA.
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Ask for the whole can of your drink order. Flight attendants will usually give it to you.
Schmooze the crew with chocolate. Apparently, flight attendants often get each other chocolates when flying privately, so they might think that you’re one of them and give you preferential treatment. At the very least, they’ll be grateful.
If a flight is canceled or overbooked, call the airline’s 800 number instead of getting into a terrifyingly long line. The customer-service representative on the phone can do anything that the gate agent can. Or, even better, call while waiting in line, and work with whichever becomes available first.
Bring a plug extension for airport outlets. If you have extra outlets, offer them and make some new friends.
We can’t guarantee that this works, but try rolling back your computer’s clock for more time on Wi-Fi.
Include your flight number on your car-rental reservation so rental agents know whether your flight is delayed or not and when to expect you.